A tire blowout on a van led to a collision with a tractor trailer tanker on Route 1 near Townsend Oct. 11, forcing the closure of Route 1 while gasoline that spilled from the tanker was cleaned up. At 7:25 p.m., Delaware State Police reported Route 1 is now open between Smyrna and Middletown. On Oct. 12 at 8:02 a.m., DelDOT reported one lane of southbound Route 1 is closed while more cleanup is done.
UPDATE: Oct. 12 at 8:02 a.m.
DelDOT just issued press release at 8:02 a.m. stating that one lane is closed on southbound Route 1 near yesterday's accident scene near New Discovery Road near Townsend because the fuel cleanup has restarted.
Cleanup will continue over the next several days and motorists can expect delays in this area and are urged to use caution, according to DelDOT.
UPDATE: Oct. 12 at 7 a.m.
Route 1 is open between Smyrna and Middletown.
Delaware State Police reported Oct. 11 at 7:25 p.m. that the road reopened after the fuel tanker crash.
DelDOT has no advisories listed this morning, Oct. 12, on its website for Route 1 in that area.
The situation was listed as "CLEARED" on DelDOT's website Oct. 11 at 7:53 p.m.
A tire blowout on a van caused the collision which led to the closure of Route 1 between Smyrna and Middletown Oct. 11.
At 8:20 a.m., a 2000 Chevrolet Express van towing a loaded car dolly was traveling north on Route 1 near New Discovery Road near Townsend, said Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Michael Austin.
The van's right rear tire blew which caused the driver, Musikami F. Bishogo, 55, of Dover, to lose control. The van traveled across the grassy center median and into the southbound lanes of Route 1 into the path of a 2013 Volvo tractor trailer tanker, Austin said.
The tanker contained about 8,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline. As the driver of the tractor trailer attempted to avoid the van, the tractor trailer jack-knifed and overturned, coming to rest off the right (west) side of the road, with the tanker partially down a grass embankment.
The tanker sustained damage which caused the release of an unknown quantity of gasoline.
The tractor trailer driver, a 56-year-old Vineland, New Jersey man, suffered serious injuries for which he was airlifted to Christiana Hospital by a state police helicopter, Austin said.
Bishogo was cited for operating an unsafe motor vehicle, operation of an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to have insurance identification in possession, Austin said.